RACE & COVID-19 with Sharon Chang and Jenna Hanchard
COVID-19, and our nation’s response to it, are shining a harsh light on inequities we live with every day, particularly when it comes to race. “Public health” and “public safety” have always had different outcomes for different communities and in the wake of COVID-19, people of color are facing heightened risks. Black and brown people are more vulnerable to the virus itself and to the dangers of racism while trying to stay healthy.
- How do we protect communities of color as we respond to the crisis?
- How do we raise awareness to ensure it is safe for everyone to wear a protective mask?
- How do we talk to our children – children of color and white children – about keeping everyone safe in an unequal world and building a better future for all?
Please join The Riveter’s leader of Culture & Innovation, Jenna Hanchard, in conversation with author, photographer and activist, Sharon Chang.
Sharon H. Chang is the recipient of a 2020 Facebook COVID-19 Journalism Project Grant for #SafetyNotStigma – a photo campaign to combat racism against people of color during COVID-19, raise awareness about disparate impacts of coronavirus on communities of color, and prioritize safety. An award-winning Taiwanese American author, photographer, and activist, she has published two books, Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children In a Post-Racial World and Hapa Tales and Other Lies: A Mixed Race Memoir About the Hawai’i I Never Knew. Her writing has also appeared in BuzzFeed, ThinkProgress, Racism Review, Hyphen Magazine, ParentMap Magazine, South Seattle Emerald, The Seattle Globalist, AAPI Voices, and the International Examiner. Sharon was named 2015 Social Justice Commentator of the Year by The Seattle Globalist and 2016 Favorite Local API Author / Writer by International Examiner readers. She won the inaugural Northwest Journalists of Color Visual Storytelling Grant in 2019 and is currently working on a long-term visual storytelling project about Womxn and Nonbinary Farmers of Color of Washington State and a family memoir about Taiwan’s transition to democracy after the second longest martial law period in world history.
Jenna Hanchard is a lifelong community storyteller who has spent her career centering and amplifying diverse voices. Jenna is the leader of Culture & Innovation at The Riveter, focused on content, programming and DEI strategies. Jenna spent the last decade of her career as a broadcast journalist in New York State, Kansas City, Missouri and most recently in Seattle, Washington. She is a three-time Emmy award winner and an Edward R. Murrow award recipient. As a reporter and anchor Jenna was responsible for cultivating, researching, managing, writing and producing regional and national news stories. In Seattle, Jenna created the emmy-nominated series Race & Parenting which explores how families of different backgrounds talked to their kids about race, racism and identity. The series is currently being used as a tool for a local school districts and racial equity groups. Jenna grew up in the Chicago area with family roots in New York City. For the last four years, she’s been soaking up the Seattle rain and scenic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.